The Courtyard House was inspired by an ancient form of architecture and a new form of North American urban thinking - infill housing as an alternative urban typology.
By converting a contractor warehouse in a mixed-use industrial neighborhood, the ambition was to create a modern, affordable home and studio for a family of four - one which could successfully adapt to a mid-block or laneway situation, where there is no typical front or back. The design of the house is generated by an emphasis on the views and activities of the interior courtyards, where all the windows look inwards.
“It is the courtyard house’s multivalence – to be urban yet introverted, open yet intimate – that reveals the rich potential of the project’s double readings.”
Canadian Architect, Aug 07
|project type :||conversion of a warehouse into a residence|
|design :||peter tan, christine ho ping kong|
|construction :||studio junction, dimitriy zagraevskiy, po chang, jarl anderson|
|photos :||rob fiocca, peter tan (bird's eye)|